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Blue Mountain Coffee, Report from the Source

A great one-page article appears in this month's National Geographic Explorer about a trip to Jamaica where he visits a tiny organic coffee farm.  It's some short, colorful narrative, which includes this quote from Dennis:

"All de days of me life, I’m farming it an’ preparing it de way my grandfather did, straight from de 17th century. No machinery, no chemicals; everyt’ing got to be by hand and natural." Even the grinding method is rudimentary; Hampton poured the beans into a hollowed-out log, then crushed them with a mortar. When he came over with a steaming cup, I lifted it and experienced a tremendous wave of round, mellow flavor. This was some amazing coffee.

James Dennis is also mentioned in this article about Jamaican Coffee growers.

Splendid Table Features Cupping at Stumptown

(Liam Kenna, photo from http://baristaexchange.ning.com/)

One of my favorite podcasts is The Splendid Table from American Public Media.  Each week Lynne Rosetto Casper talks to folks "doing" food all over the country and all over the world.  I only wish they'd cover coffee more.  Well, a couple of weeks ago, they visited Stumptown Coffee Roasters' Liam Kenna for a cupping.

Here's a link to the episode, podcast, and show notes.

Build Community Around Your Coffeehouse with Twitter

By night I edit smallaxecoffee.com and the @smallaxecoffee twitter feed.  By day I work for a marketing firm.  Since Twitter is helping people build community around coffee, I somehow thought writing an article on how coffeehouse owners can get develop community and customers on Twitter would be a good intersection of my interests and expertise. 

This quick how-to was inspired in part by an article by Erica O'Grady on Mr. Tweet's site about how one coffeehouse is using Twitter to promote itself and connect with customers.  This article isn't the be all and end all, so please add to the discussion here or on Twitter.

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom for examples of awesome coffeeshouses marketing and developing community on Twitter.

Super Sunday Sumatran Delight

Whole Foods has a contest on Facebook for Super Sunday recipes.  I wrote this one up to offer Super Bowl fans a light dessert that will sit well on top of all the other goodness they eat on Sunday.

I don't normally drink anything in my coffee except half and half.  But once in a while when I'm enjoying a cup in the afternoon or for dessert, I like to add a couple of goodies to an Asian coffee to produce a rich, creamy, simple cup of joe that tastes darned good.

Try this warm treat for dessert.  It's been specially formulated to be rich and smooth drinking.  If you just want to enjoy the richness of this recipe without the late day buzz, then you could use a decaf blend too.

Serves about three.

This one's for Mark, who loves sports and putting lots of stuff in his coffee.


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